Karthik Reddy, Community Manager at Webmasterjury shared with Healthy Lombard that conventional food has been scientifically proven to contain over 2,000 chemicals that can be detrimental to a child’s health. It can cause numerous health problems such as hormonal disorders, kidney stones, gout, brain damage, obesity, and even cancer.
To prevent various diseases that may arise from eating conventional food, many parents try to encourage healthier eating habits in their children by buying organic products. According to the insightful infographic composed by HealthCareers, 40% of them try to preserve their children’s wellbeing early in childhood by purchasing organic food for their babies.
Diseases Caused by Bad Eating Habits
Did you know that 57% of children are well on their way to becoming obese by the age of 35? This is a staggering number, especially considering that parents nowadays have the opportunity to buy food that is healthy and will not harm their child’s health in any way. Although more visually appealing, conventional food is not nutritionally rich, causing a temporary feeling of satiety in children.
Excessive calorie intake and lack of physical activity can cause obesity in children of all ages. Furthermore, many conventional food producers add a variety of preservatives and additives to keep the food fresh for a longer period of time and make it more attractive to consumers. These chemicals can have a long-lasting negative effect on your children’s health.
Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide. The number of children with various types of cancer is one the rise. The CDC records about 15,000 pediatric cancer patients each year. It may be hard to believe, but food can be a cause of cancer.
A study was conducted in France, which followed a group of 70,000 adults over a 5-year period. People who consumed organic food were found to have 25% fewer diagnoses of cancer. These benefits would apply to children as well. Just imagine how many children’s lives can be saved with a simple change in eating habits?
Health is Priceless
Nowadays, organic food is readily available in almost every city around the globe. The organic food revolution among parents has begun, and if you don’t believe it, let the numbers speak for themselves. Namely, 65% of consumers prefer food with organic ingredients. However, money is still a big obstacle in the organic transition – many won’t spend more money or organic food as it’s 7.5% more expensive than conventional food.
For concerned parents, money is not an obstacle. Compared to adults without children, 3-4% more parents are willing to pay more for organic food to protect their children from many diseases lurking in conventional food. And since 80% of millennials are going to become parents within the next 10-15 years, this trend is likely going to continue in the future.
Since organic snacks that many children love to eat are not yet available around every corner, this may put a lot of parents to test. But the future looks bright for organic food – it is estimated that the organic food market will reach a value of $70.4 billion. This means that the number of organic products available for parents will exponentially rise as well. Just remember – health is priceless. And if saving our children’s health means spending a few extra bucks on food, I say, go for it!